Focus and Contrastive Topics in Assertions and Questions: Disjunction and Conjunction of Alternatives


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We provide an account for focus and contrastive topic that is uniformly applicable for both assertions and questions. While focus uses alternatives in a disjunctive way, contrastive topic uses them conjunctively. This predicts taht contrastive topic must scope over focus. Our object language is Turkish, which has a focus marker for polar questions and distinguishes that clearly from contrastive to...


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